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Hey guys and girls, just had a question regarding Windows Server 2008. I recently got a free legal copy through my parents office, and i just finished installing it on my old media center/server pc and i was wondering if anybody had any personal experience with it. I know its based off of Vista (yuck) but i like how it runs so far, and the options are pretty cool but what i wanted to know was does anybody know if there is a console program like they have for Windows Home Server? I know the newer version of Home Server has it (had a free trial version i used for a while till it ran out) and i wasnt really able to find anything on Windows Server 2008 if it had it or not. I tried googling it and wanted to pull my hair out.....

so if anybody has any experience with this, let me know? I may know computers pretty well, but server OS's still make me want to crawl into a ball and cry....
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I have used it back in the Vista days and I found it a very capable OS, much more stable than Vista. At the time I used a guide (actually a few) to make it more desktop-friendly, I was literally lost in all the options it offered. Here's a link, if you follow it step by step you'll have a perfectly working worstation/desktop OS: click. Server 2k8 has all the functionality of WHS, it may be a hidden under different names.
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oh i love how stable and good it is, thats why when i saw it was based off of Vista i almost didnt believe it....thanks for the guide, im gonna check it out.
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It depends on what you want to do with it. If you just want something like WHS, then it's overkill. I have one server running 2008, and the only reason for that is because the system doesn't support x64, so no 2008 R2... unlike the bulk of my other servers...
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It depends on what you want to do with it. If you just want something like WHS, then it's overkill. I have one server running 2008, and the only reason for that is because the system doesn't support x64, so no 2008 R2... unlike the bulk of my other servers...
i agree it is overkill but it was free so im not just gonna throw it away....lol im just trying to mess around with it and make it simple and useful till i understand all the ins and outs
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i agree it is overkill but it was free so im not just gonna throw it away....lol im just trying to mess around with it and make it simple and useful till i understand all the ins and outs
In and outs of doing "what"?

You can setup a domain controller for testing purposes, if you want, but a single domain controller environment doesn't expose you to much in the way of learning the important stuff. You can set up a web server through IIS, but that's not necessarily useful either. File server is also possible, so you can play with share and NTFS permissions, but again that's limited. There's only so many server roles you can put on a single box, and Microsoft actually recommends segregating as many roles as possible, unless you're running the Small Business Server versions.

If you actually want to learn Microsoft, I would recommend you sign up for a Technet subscription or some such and get access to the full Microsoft library to give yourself a broader range of server applications...
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